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The ALIS Spelling Bee was held Friday, Jan. 22. Lauren Walker was the 5th-6th winner and Jerod Ruffner was the 7th-8th winner. Jerod Ruffner was the school winner.

Roger Beccue is shown presenting a check for $1520 to Elaine Dasenbrock, left, and Kim Weaver representing Crossroads Cancer Center. Beccue of Roger's Home Appliances held a fundraiser to support breast cancer awareness. He raised $4560 and split it between three organizations.

The Lady Indians finished in second place at the 2016 NTC tournament. Pictured is the team, front row, from left: Tinley Mette, Brooke Burns, Claire Voelker, Katie Grimsley, Ashley Goeckner, Keidron Duckwitz; back row: Makayla Crow, Leah Mayhaus, Carly McHugh, Taylor Paquette, Shelbi Stone, JoAnna Schultz, Jacie Hosick, Shelby Sims, Addie Smith.

The St. Elmo student council held a fundraiser in which students voted with money for teachers to be duct-taped to a wall. The funds will be used for an end-of-the-year trip and other school activities.  Pictured is  Gavyn Smith overseeing Cooper Morrison as he votes for a teacher.

The group of St. Elmo teachers ready for bedtime are, from left: Mrs. Drewes, Mrs. McHenry, Mrs. Click, Mrs. Miller, Ms. Rademacher, Mrs. Deters, and Mrs. Wells.


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City council meets, Run for Linzi set for April 9 Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 February 2016 14:49

The Altamont City Council met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 25.

The members approved a request by the Altamont High School Student Council to conduct the Run for Linzi 5K on April 9.

Funds were spent on the water department, with the payment of $210,910.74 to Haier Plumbing for improvements to the south wastewater treatment plant and $42,110 to Korte Luitijohan for completion of filter 3.

The council approved a pledge to Effingham County CEO Program for three years at $1000 per year.

A Vermeer SC252 stump grinder was purchased for $12,995 and the solicitation of mowing bids was approved.

Finally, the commissioners discussed vacating the alley between 303 W. Cumberland Road and 416 S. Fourth Street.

Clagg honored as Volunteer of the Year Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 08:52

Altamont resident Mike Clagg was recently named the Effingham County Volunteer of the Year for his work for and dedication to the Ballard Nature Center. The award was presented during the annual Effingham County Chamber of Commerce

Gala and was sponsored by the Effingham-Teutopolis New-Report.

Ballard Nature Center Director Karan Greuel stated that, “Without (Mike), so much of what we do could not be done.”

Clagg has volunteered from the founding of the center 14 years ago. He stated that he became involved early on when he saw there were things not getting done on the property. Living across the highway, he decided to do it himself.

As he is retired from World Color/Quebecor, the volunteer work provides a way to fill his time. But it means more to him that that.

“I can do things around (my house) that are for more satisfaction, but if I do it there, everyone can enjoy it,” he offered. Clagg shared that he once considered fixing up an old car, but realizing that more good could come of his time at BNC, he

took up a project there.

While much of his work involves being alone with the quiet serenity of nature, it is not always a solitary pursuit. His wife Debbie works with him at times.

Clagg fixes and stains bridges and signage, mulches and maintains the trails, and provides general handiwork where needed.

Greuel added that Clagg’s work allows the staff to spend more time on educational programs for children.

American Idol draws special interest from Kesslers Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:14

People around the country are tuning into American Idol, the hit music competition on FOX, watching the audition round closely, deciding for whom they will spend the next few weeks rooting. For Bruce and Mary Jo Kessler of Altamont, that choice is easy. They will be rooting for their great-granddaughter Cheyenne Goss.

Goss, 19, currently of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Newton, is the step-daughter of Jamie Goss, the Kesslers’ granddaughter. Jamie and the Kesslers have been in Cheyenne’s life since she was three.

“She started out (singing) when she was real young,” Bruce said. “Her dad (Larry Goss) had a karaoke business.”

Jamie described the first time she heard the little girl belt out a tune. “What is coming out of her mouth?!” she exclaimed.

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Wilhour fights cancer with faith, family Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 08:49

In a matter of days, joyous news was upended by devastation for 27-year-old Haley Wilhour. Soon afte a routine blood test to confirm her pregnancy in July showed suspicious signs, Wilhour found herself undergoing a bone biopsy and then quickly to a hospital for treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.

“I thought they were pregnancy symptoms,” Wilhour said of her feelings of lethargy prior to the discovery.

When informed of the ominous findings of the first blood test, the mother of four tried to explain it away.

“I’ve had some blood issues…I’ve had a lot of kids. My body’s just weak,” she said.

But she couldn’t help but to have some feelings of anxiety. And then the call from the doctor came.

“I didn’t say much at first. I asked a few questions. When I hung up, of course, I broke down…It’s something I never thought I’d have to deal with.”

Her husband, Justin, 29, was also shocked. But he knew that he was called to be strong his wife and their children.

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Fritchtnitch reviews busy holiday break Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:40

Though the teachers and students are gone, the halls are not completely dark over Christmas break, Altamont Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch said.

“I know people may think we just sit up here and drink coffee,” he joked, but added that the break can serve as a great time for certain projects.

“The phone doesn’t ring much,” and therefore lends itself to uninterrupted work periods.

Fritchtnitch said that as the grade school considers a new math curriculum, he held a book study of “Minds on Mathematics” with AGS Principal Doug Hill. They are considering a model that shifts from memorization to a student-led model of learning.

He also worked on topics for the March Board of Education retreat and has been meeting with ALIS Principal Robinette Flach to discuss performance differences between ALIS and AGS students at the high school level.

Fritchtnitch also used the time to examine creative ways to combat the state income issues, including the possibility of a referendum.

He added that, in order to give principals a break, he attended every game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, enjoying the Indians’ championship.

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